Merry Christmas 2011

Greetings from the Adkins’s home.  We are closing out the year of 2011 with lots of positive things that have we have been blessed with this year.  One of our best blessings was Lydia Dawn, our little girl born on June 20, 2011.  Lydia is our 3rd redhead.  She is typical of our redheads with her laid back, fun-loving personality.  She is such a sweet, sweet child and brings much joy to our lives.  She is gaining new skills everyday as she is working on sitting up by herself and can roll across the room with great precision.  She currently has two teeth and working on several others.  She will be starting cereal soon and then we will venture in the food realm around 8 months of age (meaning baby fruits and vegetables).  Her brothers and sister are a great amusement to her and she loves for them to talk to her, which they do frequently.

Silas is looking toward celebrating his 4th birthday on Dec. 27th.  He has grown so much this past year and we are so excited about his success in potty training.  He is learning a great deal, especially from Sarah as she shares what she learns from kindergarten.  He is quite the eater and pancakes are his favorite ANY time of the day.  He is such a sweet child that is full of love and has a great fondness for cars of any type.  He can frequently be found playing with cars by himself.

Sarah who turned 5 on August 18th and started kindergarten shortly afterwards is doing well in school.  She is learning to read and has “homework” many nights.  She is definitely daddy’s girl and uses it to her advantage as much as she can get by with.  She teeters between being a girly girl and a tomboyish girl.  I call her Florence Nightingale as she is very quick to be the first to nurture anyone who is hurt or needs attention.  She LOVES to help take care of Lydia and jumps at any chance that enables her to do so.  When asked what she wants to be when she grows up she goes between being a princess or a server.  We love her caring nature and can’t believe how much she has grown up.

Isaiah, who turned 8 on July 27th started 3rd grade this year and is doing well.  He has many female friends and loved by many people in his world.  He is full of spirit and lets us know exactly how he is feeling at any given moment.  Sensitive in nature, Isaiah is quick to help out with the little ones and especially enjoys holding and caring for Lydia.  He played his 2nd season of soccer in the fall and has progressed greatly from where he was.  His favorite pastime is playing video games and with Legos.  He is very creative in nature and cracks us up with his bursts of comedy.

Nathaniel turned 10 on July 6th.  We can’t believe we have a 5th grader!!  We are so proud of who Nathaniel has become.  He is sensitive and has a huge heart.  He is typically willing to help out when needed and is a great help in so many areas.  He loves to cook and wants to be a chef when he gets older.  Nathaniel is looking forward to playing his 6th season of baseball in the spring and does a great job.  He loves to read and plays games of any kind. 

I, Priscilla, am so blessed to be a stay at home mom and care for these blessings.  Making the decision to quit Pampered Chef at the end of the last year after a 8 year run of it was a good move for our family.  After Lydia was born, I went from watching 5 extra children on a part-time basis to only watching a sweet little guy whom I have had since he was about 4 months old.  My days are full and busy but I don’t think I’d want it any other way (most days anyways).

Randy is starting his 12th year with MSD.  He stays busy estimating heating and air ventilation systems at his day job and has gotten into many side projects this past year including helping finish a basement.  His talents are many and being such a great handyman, much of his free time is spent on projects, whether here at home or for a friend or family member. 

We have been attending The First Baptist Church of Vandalia for 2 years, come January.  Attending Sunday morning and most Sunday evenings and also Bible Study on Wednesday nights, with the kids being active in Awanas, has allowed us to encounter so many additional blessings in our lives.  We are striving for a closer relationship with Christ, not only as individuals, but also as a family.  Knowing that Christ’s return is approaching and could be any day, we pray that we can impact those in our life with the message of His saving grace.  Within the last two weeks, we were blessed with a 97 Dodge Caravan, meeting our need for a vehicle that accommodates us all safely.  We are very grateful to have met these individuals who have 7 children of their own and know that God has used them to strengthen our faith in Him.

We ask that you take a moment to reflect on your blessings and remember that Jesus’s birthday is the reason for Christmas.  May you find the greatest gift that you can give Him is your heart.  We are blessed to have you in our lives, whether it’s an every day occurence or a casual one and pray for you when you come to mind.  Blessings to you and your family as we celebrate a Merry Christmas!